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Studying or doing an internship abroad is a great way to gain practical skills as well as experience a new culture. Vietnam is becoming a promising destination for education abroad programs because of its abundance of hands-on opportunities as well as its diverse cultures. The country is known for its booming entrepreneurial scene, friendly people, delicious cuisine and beautiful nature. Vietnam is home to 54 ethnicities with different cultures, traditions and languages. However, there are things that stay the same throughout the entire country: patriotic people, peaceful country, and awesome food. As Vietnam is making an effort to become the next international hub and Silicon Valley of SE Asia, its education is transforming to become less theoretical to being more liberal and practical. Many international travelers, students, and job seekers have rated Vietnam a solid 5 out of 7 for its moderate living standard, easy-going Vietnamese, and peaceful lifestyle.

If you are looking for a destination to launch your career path abroad and add an international experience to your resume, and make friends with amazingly friendly natives then say Hi to ABROADER and start your internship or study abroad in Vietnam now! Below is a brief overview of the major cities where our programs are currently based. Each is unique in their own way.

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is in the South of Vietnam. The city is the economic powerhouse of the country, providing a large pool of high demand job opportunities for international visitors and expats. Ho Chi Minh City is more modern, expat-friendly and open than its counterpart up North, Ha Noi, having not one but two districts heavily populated by expats

Ho Chi Minh City by night (

Ho Chi Minh City by day is a buzzing city with busy bees on motorcycles going about their business like they have no tomorrow. But by night, the city lights up into a vibrant nightlife with people of all ages flocking to the streets for Vietnam’s heavenly food and having fun after a hard-working 9-to-6. In a way, the city never sleeps. 

Being such a vital part of Vietnam’s economy, Ho Chi Minh City attracts residents from everywhere in the country. But this doesn’t mean Saigonese (a popular term referring to the residents here) lose their own characteristics: friendly, tolerant, flexible, and entrepreneurial. Contrary to the North’s traditional and more conservative persona, Saigonese are sociable and will try to talk to you as they love meeting new people and making friends. So if they invite you out for coffee then congrats, you have a new Saigonese friend!

Young and dynamic, the 350-years-old city of Ho Chi Minh and its surrounding cities offer plenty of professional opportunities in various fields and industries. You could find yourself researching for the next environment-friendly plastic bag as bio engineering is gaining huge traction, or going on a field in the Mekong Delta working with your team for the next sustainable agriculture projects. With the average salary hitting $500 USD a month (or 10 million VND) and a low cost of living with average expenditure totals around $10 USD a day, locals and expats alike would find it affordable to live here. Coating everything with the metropolitan atmosphere, Saigon is a perfect launchpad for young people  to find their own pathway to the future.

Life abroad in Vietnam

ABROADER students hanging out with their local friends

Traditionally, in Vietnam, people with high education like grad students, scholars, doctors, etc. are highly admired and looked up to. But the scene is shifting as Ho Chi Minh City becomes more and more out-of-the-box and encourages entrepreneurship, adventurous persona, and modern thinking. A study abroad program in many top universities like Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam National University, HCMC University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology, Hong Bang University, Open University isn’t just a class but rather a workshop, a consultation firm, a bank and many more combined. Additionally, globalization is being highly implemented as international engagement is sought after in Ho Chi Minh City. Student fairs, crash courses and camps, international volunteer and exchange programs, and semester abroad are also becoming more popular. This puts a huge influence on further development of Vietnamese on the global scene.

Ton Duc Thang University's INSPIRE Library (Source:

Named after the great leader Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh City is also a cultural metropolis with its fair share of historic significance. The War Remnants Museum, Museum of Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi Tunnels, etc., would draw a vivid picture of the then capital of the Republic of South Vietnam, and the harsh and tragic past of the Vietnam War. This doesn’t mean the city culture is a gray cloud but far from that. Old apartments, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and all of the colonial architectures, blended with the traditional Jade Emperor Temple, Sky Queen Temple, pagodas and the likes make up a colorful Saigon, inside and out.

World-known Vietnamese dishes

The Saigonese have their unique way of eating: flavorfully sweet, and full. You could start the mouth-watering experience with the sophisticated yet informal and certainly tasty cuisine with a banh mi, Vietnamese sandwich, and a cup of Vietnamese milk coffee in the morning. Then banh xeo, crispy pancake, with fresh forest vegetables for lunch, and complete your day with a plate of com tam, broken rice. Don’t forget the occasional sweet soup or juice around the Nguyen Hue Central walking street with your friends, or buck-beers in convenience stores everywhere in the city.

We did work, we had a full belly, so how shall we play? Ho Chi Minh City is full of energy, landscape, and lights and music. If you are into the more brain-powered activities, the city offers board game café, adventurous and intense mazed playgrounds. Looking for something more active? Ho Chi Minh City has paintball, in-door rock climbing, pools and water parks. Intense physical activities is not your thing? Hang out with the Local Buddies to the Museum of Fine Arts, 3D museums, rooftop cafés and bars or go on a street food tour because food and drinks are at every corner. What about nightlife? Bui Vien dancing street, Rooftop bars, or grounded pubs are everywhere downtown. We understand it gets lonely if you have to do all these activities alone. That’s why ABROADER also hosts monthly events like cooking classes, handmade workshops, or just a general get-together with other interns and local buddies for networking purposes.

In case  you get a bit bored with the concrete city then why not getting some vitamin Sea? From Ho Chi Minh City, you can get on a night bus to go down to  an area known as the “rice basket of Vietnam” - Mekong Delta or to Vũng Tàu - Bình Thuận - Mũi Né to dip yourself in the salt water. A trip to the Mekong Delta is usually included in an ABROADER’s program because of the unique experiences you’ll get there, but we encourage you to venture to other places, by yourself or with your Local Buddies. Feeling adventurous? Book a flight to the middle region of Vietnam to be really away and refresh yourself in the wind of Ninh Thuận - Nha Trang - Đà Nẵng. And if you are feeling for more adventures, head to Mount Fansipan up North, or just any mountains down South to trek and explore the heights of Vietnam. For all of these destinations, one thing you are going to get for sure: a wonderful experience with local scenery and culture.

On the other hand, your time doing internships or studying in Ho Chi Minh City would not be fulfilled if they didn’t include community services and volunteer work! Joining ABROADER’s program, you will be opening yourself up to opportunities to give back to the local community. Your choice of doing volunteer work includes serving food at a 10-cents restaurant, teaching English for street children and orphans, or organizing self-discovering fairs or workshops for Vietnamese students. It is always wonderful to lend a hand to those in need!

Doing an internship or studying abroad in Ho Chi Minh City will always yield new perspectives and knowledge of a whole new world for you. This enables  you to make an effort to give back to the local less fortunate community. The city has a bit of everything for everyone so you would never feel unwelcomed and out-of-place making your trip abroad here!

Hanoi at a glance

Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam, is a city as full of surprises as a box of chocolate. It is known as the country’s political, cultural, scientific, and technology center, and plays an important role in Vietnam’s economy and international trade. This is the second most crowded and dynamic city in Vietnam which gathers people from diverse backgrounds living together in harmony. Ha Noi has made its name for:

  • A finely mixed nostalgia sense and fast-paced life

  • Local cuisine, especially street food 

  • Top culture heritage and destination spots recognized by UNESCO

  • A dynamic economic center and home to long-established universities

Ready to unbar your chocolate box?

Nostalgia sense and hustle bustle pace

City Gate in Hanoi Old Quarter (Source: quehuongonline)

What makes Hanoi so special is the combination of its traditional and modern beauty. Hanoi is a city of rich and colorful history. It has been Vietnam’s capital city for more than 1,000 years, witnessing all the ups and downs during the harsh time Vietnam went through wars. Therefore, it attracts foreigners with the remembrance of the old times, which could be found in the city’s architecture, streets, houses and the people themselves.

Having gone through every highs and lows of history, Hanoi people tend to be thrifty and provident about the future. Moreover, the way Hanoi people highly respect family values and conform to moral standards properly differentiates themselves with people from the other parts of Vietnam. With the advent of a tremendous social change in recent years, Hanoians become more outgoing than before yet still maintain their sophisticated manners. They are willing to integrate but still reserve their traditional beauty passed down from generation to generation.

Preserved traditional house in an old village of Hanoi (

Hanoi Temple of Literature

As time passes by, Hanoi has made great efforts to preserve its ancientness and eagerly obtains all the quintessence of modern life at the same time. A fresh vibe mingling with the classical charm makes Hanoi a breathtaking beauty.

What leaves a lasting impression on international students - Food!!!

Hanoi cuisine is really fascinating with many delicious dishes which are mixed with various recipes and traditional flavors based on a balance of five tastes: spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet. Fresh ingredients, the soul of every Hanoi food, is made abundantly available thanks to the city and its suburbs’ strong agricultural production. From staples like rice and noodles to fresh vegetables and meat, Hanoi cuisine has it all and no picky eater will go hungry. The most commonly sought out food places are street vendors who dish up mouth-watering fare but do ensure food is served perfectly to satisfy any upset stomach. Plus, the food is absolutely affordable and is  worth any penny spent. Just USD $1.5 for a normal meal, a growling stomach will be “a happy tummy". What are Hanoi delicacies? Make sure to give these dishes a go: Pho, Bun Cha, Banh Mi, Xoi, Pho Cuon, and Egg Coffee.

Vietnamese Bun Cha

Bun Cha Hanoi - what made President Obama fell in love with Vietnamese cuisine (Source:

Your experience in Hanoi  is not complete if you haven’t set your foot to these must-go destinations.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Ta Hien Beer Street - the most famous nightlife entertainment (Source:

Hoa Lo Prison

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology 

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - City tour with RP students

A dynamic economic center and home to well-known universities

Education provides a foundation for development, the groundwork on which much of our economic and social well-being is built. Hanoi understands well the importance of education, as it is home to some of the top and notable tertiary institutions in the Southeast Asian region including Vietnam National University, Hanoi University of Science and Technology and long-seated Hanoi Medical University, etc…, These universities offer various high quality study abroad courses and internships for students from all corners of the world. 

Simultaneously, as a national political-administrative and a large cultural and scientific center, Hanoi is one of the two largest economic locomotives of the country and the main driving force for development as the Northern key economic region and the Red River Delta. The city has actively engaged in the process of formulating and implementing socio-economic development master plans with localities and started to develop the cultural industry - a new economic industry to take sustainable advantages of unique heritages, craft villages with an aim to create cultural and creative spaces. In 2019, Hanoi got the UNESCO honour in the ‘Design’ category for its developed design industry and opportunities for creating designs from natural materials and conditions and the presence of active design groups. Following the designation, the city plans to issue a long-term action program and connect its policies to promote cultural industries and enrich cultural resources. 

Joining hands with the local government, for the past few years, ABROADER has reached out to social enterprises and NGOs in the Hanoi area whose work focuses on preserving and promoting traditional culture,  to carry out community-driven projects for international students through our Service-Learning approach. One of our highly appraised projects is the 8-week Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) program in which a group of undergraduates from Northwestern University (U.S) interned at Vun Art - a social enterprise aiming at creating sustainable livelihoods for people with disabilities.

From now to 2025, the city will mobilise resources to develop the economic space in the expanded Hanoi area, including investing in promising industrial parks and complexes. For instance, South Korea's Samsung has started building a $220 million R&D center in Vietnam, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The center as planned would be the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia and will enhance the company's research capability in such areas as artificial intelligence, big data and 5G and will recruit 2,200 to 3000 people. It can be predicted that abundant internship opportunities related to Business Development, IT and Entrepreneurship will then be offered for international students who want to build their career in those promising fields in the next few years.

Our programs in Hanoi serve you a delightful box of chocolate, yet which flavors you may find is still awaiting you ahead!

Life Briefing

Besides Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, other cities in Vietnam like Da Nang, Hoi An and HaLong could be an alternative to experience a different vibe for an internship, study or service-learning program or simply a week-end getaway. If you don’t feel like the hustle and bustle of city life, there’s always another choice for an unhurried pace of life. Traffic in smaller cities is relatively light, therefore, getting stuck on the street in peak hours is no longer a nightmare. Moreover, you might feel less lonely in smaller cities because instead of being surrounded by modern skyscrapers, you are exposed to a rural life with more nature and cozy accommodations.

What is more? The influences of globalization improve the living standards in many ways including economic growth and education improvement while posing fewer environmental damages in smaller cities. But, as every coin has two sides, you may not meet with people from a diversity of backgrounds compared to metropolitan areas; however, special cuisines and unique landscapes would make up for all of that. Healthy, affordable food, a slower pace of life and rustic nature are worth giving it a try to start your internship or study abroad journey in those smaller cities.

Untapped opportunities

Around 170km away from Hanoi, Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Ha Long City is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. The region is popular for scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking, particularly in mountainous Cat Ba National Park. Halong Bay is not only a tourist attraction but also an ideal place for students to find internships in tourism and environment and marine life preservation.

Heading down to
Da Nang - the city marking the halfway point between the capital in the North, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City in the South. This vibrant coastal city draws people’s attention for its unhurried pace of life and urges whoever has set their feet here to come back. Having a strong reputation for green tourism, marine biodiversity and sustainable agriculture, Danang and its neighboring city Hoi An, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, are ideal destinations for internships and study programs in these areas.  Interested in a marine and biosphere reservation internship, check out this blogpost about Rebecca Sinclair, one of ABROADER’s past climate change interns in Hoi An. Looking for ways to help solve real-world problems? take a look at this community service program called EPICS in Da Nang and Hoi An.

Interested in learning more about the above cities and what opportunities are awaiting you in each of them, contact us today for a Free Consultation Meeting with our Program Advisor. 

Stories from our past students on their life during their internship, study abroad or service learning program in Vietnam can be found here

The host school was very welcoming and friendly, provided me with plenty of opportunities to interact with different year levels and observe classes, very keen on showing me Vietnam and making me comfortable. The teachers that we got to work with were very supportive – very kind and supportive! They welcomed us into their community and provided us with numerous opportunities to be in the classroom and teach. We get to receive feedbacks from teachers after the classes and it really helps a lot for us to make progress and improvement. I am also very grateful for the local buddies that support us throughout the program, they are all very kind and helpful.

Rachel Odam

Education Internship ,Monash University, USA

Great internship in Vietnam! I recommend Westerners to go there at least one time to see things differently. ABROADER is very helpful (even if there is only women here haha) and found me a very decent internship. Time flies very fast, so you know what to do if you like the heat and cheep beers. À bientôt Vietnam!

Hugo Boitel

Environment Internship ,Polytech Montpellier, France

I enjoyed the time in Ho Chi Minh city. The experience was much better than I expected. I came with an open mind to face anything, but everything was smooth and easy. The host organisation is satisfying. They tried their best to help me learn. It was satisfying. I would do this again if I get the chance. The abroader staff was really friendly and they prepared everything for me before I landed in Vietnam. So I did not have to worry about anything. I am satisfied with the program and I would recommend this program 100%.

Dan Fernando

Trainer & Communication Internship ,Deakin University, Australia

I am thankful to God that my daughter had an opportunity to be in Vietnam for 3 months through ABROADER. She stayed with a host family for a month and half and was able to learn a lot about the culture and the food. She loved her host family and misses them. Then she had traveled to Hanoi and worked with ABROADER. The staff was very friendly, caring, and hospitable. After 3 months in Vietnam, I had noticed the changes in my daughter about her outlook of life. She is no longer as much of a picky eater and her compassion and understanding of the Vietnamese people, the culture, and the food has greatly increased. I believe that this experience has helped her grow fast in her journey of life. Thanks ABROADER!!

Maryann Mohney

Marketing Internship ,Natasha Mohney’s mother

The experience of doing an internship in Vietnam certainly was not easy for me but I have no doubt that it was tremendouly valuable. At first, I actually had a lot of culture shocks, for example, sometimes it was hard to communicate with Vietnamese people because not a lot of people speak English and some had very strong accent. However, Vietnamese people were very kind to me and took well care of me especially the host family and program coordinator. I realized that it’s difficult to understand another culture but it’s also really necessary to accept other culture, their life and their way of thinking. At the hotel where I did my internship, I could learn a lot of things. For example, I learnt how to communicate politely with customers, how to make them satisfied and how to manage the hotel. Everyone from the supervisor to my co-workers was helpful and accommodating, I was included in all the daily meetings and the supervisor was very open to share her knowledge about hotel management which was really helpful to my future work. I really had a good experience in Vietnam. I appreciate the people I’ve met and the experience I’ve had. This is going to be very useful in the future. Thank you ABROADER Vietnam so much for the valuable opportunity to learn about my field of work in your beautiful country!

Kaoru Mori

Hospitality Internship ,Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan

The industry visits provided real-world experience and foresight into our future careers. The field trips gave us a new insight into a rich, deep culture, and ABROADER organised parties were heaps of fun... They usually ended up turning into a very late night as well. During the trip I always felt safe thanks to the local buddies and our program coordinator. Before I left for this trip, I could not help but feel nervous. It was my first time travelling overseas and I was about to leave my home country for ~one month. I did not know what to expect from Vietnam/Singapore, the people I was travelling with, or the countless people I would meet overseas. Since the very first moment that I arrived the local buddies welcomed me with open arms. The entirety of the group that I came over with also bonded so much quicker than I thought possible. From the start we were exploring Ho Chi Minh City, while introducing ourselves to the locals and the nightlife. All the activities on the trip were great and we were all kept busy. This was a really big positive in my opinion as, had a tentative schedule have not been organised, it may have become easy to 'waste' a day or more relaxing. That being said, there were some free days designated throughout the trip should you wish to catch up on some sleep ;). Provided you use a little bit of travelling smarts I cannot see any problems that should arise on your trip. Each and every one of the local buddies, (our coordinator included), were so kind and caring. You should really give it your best effort to open up and engage with each of them. They are all such great and unique people and provide the best way to truly immerse yourself in the adventure. Furthermore, they are so selfless and are always able to provide advice or help you out with literally anything. You have a golden opportunity to make some truly long-lasting friendships. Both Vietnam and Singapore themselves were amazing countries to visit. There is an aura about both that gives you the feeling that something is always happening. Particularly in Vietnam, most local places are open at almost all hours of the day and deep into the night. However, this never left me feeling as though the cities we visited were too busy. Being in a largish group of good friends and exploring was completely fun and relaxing too. The visits to more discrete locations were also beautiful and completely peaceful. Finally, the local civilians were so kind, welcoming and genuinely happy that we were experiencing their culture and lifestyle. Now that the trip is over all I can think about is how I wish it had gone for longer. How I wish I had extended my trip even further, and how I am already planning to meet with the friends I have made on this journey for further travel. So, if you are worried or nervous about any parts of this trip, all I can say is that it truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity. There are so many friends and stories to be made. Get out there, take every opportunity you can, don't overthink it and just do it!

Calen Blake

Electrical Engineering and Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia

I am so incredibly lucky that I have people and things that make saying goodbye to Hanoi incredibly difficult. For if I did not have them, that would have meant I wasted nearly three months internship in Vietnam. I was able to make friends, experience the culture, learn a little Vietnamese in the process; all those things became part of me and make it that much more difficult to say farewell to them.

Maile Moore

Public Health Internship ,Oregon State University, USA

In general, I am satisfied with the Internship Service provided by ABROADER before I came to Vietnam. My host family placement exceeded my expectations. My host mother and father were all very friendly and helpful; they really made me feel at home. My local buddy Linh, even though she lived 2 hours away, she still made efforts in taking me on day-trips that catered to my interest in Vietnamese Cuisine. I contacted ABROADER for the Culinary Internship in Vietnam on my own and and given the amount of money and time I will be investing, it was extremely important for me to feel that I can trust ABROADER Vietnam. My host for the internship was Ngon Villa Restaurant. The host company staffs were very friendly and welcoming, one chef at the restaurant was in charge of my internship. However, due to perhaps unforeseeable needs in the company, my supervisor was not able to spend more than a day with me. ABROADER Vietnam found an excellent opportunity for internship in Vietnam for me; however, the host company was not able to fully deliver the experience I was looking for.

Jinhua Zhang

Culinary Internship ,City College of San Francisco, USA

I have always been an extremely shy person, when I was small, my face would turn red and I even cried in front of people. Now that I’m a grown up, I want to become more confident, make friends and talk with them like other people do after one-month internship here in Vietnam.

Miho Matsui

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Pursuing overseas intern in the healthcare industry is learning the difference between the healthcare system of your country and theirs. In the hospital I worked in, I was given the chance to hop between different sub departments in the Pharmacy department to learn and complete the usual work routine. Although this was a wholesome experience it would have been better if I could speak Vietnamese, their local language, as this would enable me to perform more tasks such as administrative work or communicating with patients. If you would like to experience overseas internship, know that you will have addition tasks to do. In addition, be prepared to learn the local language.

Shiraishi Kei

Healthcare & Pharmacy Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore